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Poplar Forest architectural restorationist to lecture on Jefferson's Palladian influences

Travis McDonald, the restorationist who oversees the renewal of Thomas Jefferson’s vacation home will speak at the Maier Museum of Art at Randolph College on Tuesday, Sept. 16. A reception will be held at 7 p.m. and the lecture will begin at 7:30 p.m.

As director of Architectural Restoration at Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest, McDonald will deliver the lecture “Palladio and Jefferson: An Architectural Mentor and His Student Separated by 200 Years.”

The talk will explain how Poplar Forest, which Jefferson designed and built as a personal retreat near Lynchburg, reveals the true character and essence of Palladian architecture, establishing Jefferson as America’s most authentic disciple of the architect Andrea Palladio.

The talk is organized and sponsored by the Dante Alighieri Society of Virginia in Lynchburg.

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